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In a fresh blow to the Prime Minister, a new opinion poll shows that two thirds of voters in his Witney constituency are opposed to redefining marriage. And that figure rises to 75% amongst the people who voted for David Cameron in 2010. Most of his constituents (56%) believe he is out of touch with ordinary voters on the issue. The Whitney poll is reported in today’s Sun, which also carries an editorial saying David Cameron is failing to speak up for ordinary people: “The PM seems more...


A ComRes poll published at the weekend shows that the Conservative Party will lose up to 1.1 million votes and up to 30 seats at a general election if it redefines marriage. The issue plays particularly badly with disaffected Tory voters. Redefining marriage would push former Tory voters away by a ratio of almost 3:1. For every former voter they win back, they lose almost three. The poll was reported by The Sunday Telegraph, alongside a wide-ranging interview with Mayor of London, Boris...


Imams from Scotland’s largest mosques yesterday told all Muslims north of the border not to vote in the local elections on 3 May for any candidate who supports redefining marriage, even if that means not voting at all. The Council of Glasgow Imams issued a statement, saying: “We will be urging our community from the pulpit to make sure that any person they consider voting for does not favour the proposed legislation.” Muslim community leader Bashir Maan added: “I would say that if they...


The majority of Conservative MPs believe David Cameron’s controversial plan to redefine marriage could be doomed to failure, according to a new survey by ComRes. The results come as the Coalition for Marriage’s petition in support of the traditional definition of marriage surged past 400,000 signatures. It is the largest petition in this Parliament. According to ComRes, 37 per cent of Conservative MPs believe Mr Cameron’s contentious proposal is destined for failure. And an additional 22...


David Cameron’s plans to rewrite the definition of marriage have been branded “pure politics” by former Labour Minister Ben Bradshaw. Mr Bradshaw, who became one of Britain’s first openly gay members of Parliament in 1997, said: “Of course, we’ll support it, but this is pure politics on their part. This isn’t a priority for the gay community, which already won equal rights” with civil partnerships. Interviewed in The Washington Post Mr Bradshaw added that the gay community...


The petition launched by the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) has become the biggest campaign this Parliament. The petition has been signed by more than 300,000 people since its launch just a month ago, overtaking the previous biggest campaign which called on the Government to remove benefits from rioters. The C4M petition calls on the Government to leave the current definition of marriage alone, which currently defines marriage as the voluntary union between one man and one woman for life. It was...


Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have ruled, not for the first time, that gay marriage isn’t a right under the European Convention. Yet the Government’s promise that gay weddings won’t be forced on churches, synagogues or mosques may turn out to be a promise they can’t keep. The European ruling relates to an adoption case brought by a lesbian couple against the French Government. Gay marriage is not legal in France, and the lesbian couple say that is a barrier to them being...


The Muslim Council of Britain – the country’s largest Muslim group – has issued a statement in opposition to the Government’s plans to redefine marriage. A senior Sikh and Jew have also expressed their support for keeping marriage unchanged. So too have the leaders of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. In a press release issued yesterday Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, said: “Whilst we remain opposed to all forms of discrimination – including...


At the weekend the Sun on Sunday carried a story that Tory MP Peter Bone has written a letter to Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone asking whether she has considered the constitutional implications of redefining marriage. He says it could allow a lesbian Queen to rule together with a Queen consort, or a gay King with a King consort. He says the monarch’s role as Supreme Governor of the Church of England would be untenable, sparking a constitutional crisis. The Mail on Sunday reports that...


The Government launched its consultation on redefining marriage today. Not content with trying to change the meaning of “marriage”, now they’re trying to redefine the meaning of “consultation”. Consultation means listening to people before making up your mind. But Lynne Featherstone has a new definition – she is going to bulldoze ahead with the plans whether the public like it or not. Some consultation. Yes, she’ll ask the public if they agree. But she says she’s already...

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